I am about to get mine on friday, comes with the 14-42mm lens just looking for some recommendations on lenses, accesories, etc. Any tips for shooting would be helpful too, I know my was around a DSLR but am excited to get better at filming. Thanks for your help.
I'm looking to sell my current setup to get my hands on one.
Basically there's not much to it if you already have used a DSLR for filming. The settings are the same and what not, obviously you're getting a much better image due to a variety of things, as well as the option to hack the bitrate and get some really outstanding results.
Personally I would've purchased the GH2 and a lense individually as I'm sure you're aware the kit lens is never anything special. Although in this casee, I have heard the two kit options available with the GH2 are superb for what they are. In this case however, I've done my research and will be purchasing the GH2 and the 14-45 as the 14-45 outperforms the 14-42.
Really other than that there's not much to it, congratulations on your purchase, go make some sick videos.
i just mean don't assume that simply getting a gh2 will automatically give you better results than a T2i, or good images at all for that matter. you have to take the time to learn how to maximize what it can do.
The T2i will remain the standard, most of M&A and NS in general don't understand why a GH2 is so outstanding. Bitrate hacks, moire, line skipping, and codecs aren't exactly something the average kid is too educated on.
yeah that's pretty true actually. it's funny how the gh2 is pretty old now and even the gh13 is able to deliver a pretty similar image, but no one on ns ever talked about those two cameras until recently.
SO maybe Landis can elaborate, but I have one (as of two days ago).
Going to hack it tonight
The interface SUCKS DICK. Like, seriously does not make sense to me. I don't want to vent about my confusion as I haven't spent a TON of time with it and I feel like I'm missing something - but it's possibly the least intuitive camera I've ever really used... haha.
The footage that you can pull off it makes it all worth it, however.
Great thanks for all the help guys, I got it today am probably gonna hack it later this weekend. Just getting used to it right now, kinda hard to navigate around but I imagine it will be easier once i get used to it.
Haha yup. The interface is possibly the biggest downside to the camera, as it is incredibly illogical and even after heavy use I find myself confused at times. But once you get your scene files set up the way you want, it is hardly an issue considering the images are well worth it.
There's probably somewhere around 10-15 shots from "Look it Up" that are mine, does that count?
haha, seriously though, I've done some cinematography stuff when people needed help, as a photographer I know how to compose and expose which are big ones. But I only just got a GH2 a couple days ago, from ON3P. I'm in OR right now shooting some stuff with them and Landis helped me figure out a good kit.
Currently, that's how I do it, which explains why I haven't made any progress towards editing my massive collection of WCS footage. However once I have $50 to spare I'm going to buy the full version of 5DtoRGB so I can do batch lists.
I got the nikon adapter today and threw the 80-200 f2.8 on there. This is fun. Really enjoying video. Finishing building a dolley and mic boom tomorrow, then figuring out audio. I'm also installing the "cake" hack tomorow, as suggested by Landis.
Very exciting, this little camera is awesome. The interface is terrible but once you figure it out it's not too annoying.
By default the GH2 records within broadcast range, so it's nice to have the option to transcode accordingly. It's also immensely helpful to be able to bake gamma correction into the files. Then there's the issue of 5DtoRGB being the sharpest transcoder of the bunch...
I guess i don't have that problem, i think its just kinda wild to say one transcode is sharper than another, i know fcp has some issues at times but like i said before, my mts files and clipwrap prores look identical. Maybe its jsut with certain cameras? I know that ive seen examples with dslr h264 stuff...
that's another option, of course. but then it gets conformed to 30p, then it all has to be sped back up. not that this is that much of a hassle at all, i just think it would be slightly easier to shoot in 1080 30, then just scale down to 720 when i import. and that way, on the off chance i shoot something during camp activities i really like, i have it in 1080. it's not like this is a big problem for me, just figured i would ask if clipwrap or 5DtoRGB could do it
Yeah but you're going to h264 from mts, if you havent noticed they are very small files, which is why it goes so quick. I've accidentally rewrapped clips before and had some get really fucked up because its compressing it so much. I know it takes longer to go straight to prores, but its what you should be doing. Just rewrapping is degrading your image.
Hey just another question, looking at upgrading my lens as this one sucks real bad. Im on an extremely low budget for it, and im looking for a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens. Looking at getting something like a tamron A15 55-200mm or something similar and was also looking at the Lumix 8mm fisheye or the 7-14mm. anybody got any input? Im going to be buying a dmw ma1 adapter so 4/3 lens suggestions would be great too.